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Hagstrom, John

Carpinus caroliniana Walt. (American hornbeam), leaves and fruit, fall color

digital color photograph 
Digitization Status
Born digital
Photographic image
Date created
2005 – 2012
Carpinus caroliniana Walt. (American hornbeam), image shows ripe fruit among fall colored red leaves, leaves are alternate simple 2.5-5" long by 1-2" wide ovate-oblong acuminate rounded or heart-shaped sharply and doubly serrate glabrous dark green often lustrous 10-14 vein pairs which are pilose beneath and with axillary tufts of hair veins seldom forking at ends, petiole is 1/4-1/2" long pubescent, fall color is variable at yellow or orange or red and reddish purple, fruit is small ribbed seed-like nutlet enclosed by a veiny irregular 3-lobed bract about 1" long, female flowers are 2-4" long, bracts are 3-lobed 1-1.5" long with the middle lobe the widest (1" diameter) toothed